Ah, the bane of many highly-anticipated releases. Crackdown 3 will not be released in 2017 because Reagant Games studio head Dave Jones says the game's multiplayer needs work and shouldn't be compromised.

On an update on the game's official website, Jones says he knew the "original timeline of delivering multiplayer to fans this summer, while maintaining the size, scope and quality of the game, would be challenging" but that "sticking to our original timeline would have compromised that goal."

Our top priority is to give gamers an experience they have never seen before at a scale never thought possible, and sticking to our original timeline would have compromised that goal.

Jones also acknowledged missing E3 for the second year running, staying "We know that many are looking forward to becoming agents in Crackdown 3 and we are committed to delivering the best experience in 2017. This decision was made with our fans and their gaming experience in mind."

Crackdown 3 is one of Microsoft's premiere titles and a follow-up to the Xbox 360 fan-favorite. No doubt, delays are going to make fans upset, but if they happen, they happen. The issue comes from the multiplayer, which a good many Crackdown fans might see as unnecessary. Think Mighty No. 9 on a much more massive budget, and you'll understand the frustration of the fans.

However, I'm willing to give the benefit of the doubt here because Crackdown had such marvelous multiplayer. It was one of the first games that allowed two characters to exist in the same world at the same time and go anywhere they want without restrictions. We had a lot of fun back in the day just bursting up the city, and any Crackdown game would feel incomplete without that ability. Just as long as that freedom remains, so too does the essence behind Crackdown.

So keep the multiplayer and turn out an excellent game in 2017. Look for Crackdown 3 then.